Category Archives: entertaining

Spring Break Staycation

We love our house. We love our neighbors, friends, and church. And we love Oregon. A couple of weeks ago Silas had spring break. Honestly, it didn’t really occur to us to take a trip since we’re busy loving life … Continue reading

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Our First Christmas in Oregon

Any day feels like Christmas when you treat it like Christmas! We celebrated our family Christmas in Oregon on December 10th since we were planning a two week trip back east. We invited our new-found friends, Steve and Debbie over … Continue reading

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To Infinity & Beyond!

Silas (Buzz Lightyear) and Cooper (Sheriff Woody) invited their friends over for a combined Toy Story birthday party on Saturday. We threw a big bash to celebrate Silas’s 3rd and Cooper’s 1st birthday. It was happy chaos! The family room … Continue reading

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Making Manka Memories

Everyday moments aren’t so ordinary when you live miles from family. Though we did visit some attractions in the Valley, most our time with my dad, mom and sisters was spent savoring ordinary life at home. My family played with … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Family

Finally! My family arrived at our house for a two week visit on the morning of June 15th—Mom and Dad’s 34th wedding anniversary. We’ve been talking about their visit for months, and Silas has been learning all the names of … Continue reading

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A Patriotic Party

We decided to throw a patriotic party—not on the 4th of July. Everyone has plans for the 4th, right? So we planned it for as soon after the Fourth as we could. We invited some friends from church, and decked … Continue reading

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To Entertain Strangers

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. ~Hebrews 13:2 Wednesday night, supper was on the table, I was tired from a long day with a sick baby, and Stephen called on his … Continue reading

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Springtime Brunch

My friend, who loves throwing beautiful parties, asked me to help with the brunch she had planned for the ladies of Crossroad Baptist Church. Yellow and purple were our colors~so bright and spring-y. Melissa had found these adorable paper peony … Continue reading

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Last night we threw our first Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Apparently these Christmas parties are quite popular, and so are the tacky sweaters. When Stephen and I went shopping for our ugly sweaters, the thrift stores were surprisingly lacking in … Continue reading

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Friendships That Deepen

I’ve been relishing the gift of friendship this weekend as God brought two of my very good friends out to Arizona for another friend’s wedding. Both Ami and Rebekah stayed with us, and the entire visit was a continual conversation … Continue reading

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